If you have watched the popular BBC series, Merlin, then you should definitely know who Katie McGrath is. But for those who have not, then introductions are in order. Katie McGrath is an actress of Irish origin and she has featured in many TV series and movies. She is, however, most popular for her role as Lady Morgana in the medieval series, Merlin. Her excellent portrayal of the scheming and evil blue-blooded witch earned her positive reviews, it also earned her two nominations for outstanding actress in a drama series at the Monte Carlo TV Festival. Get to know more about the Merlin star here, including her age, height, love life, and sexual orientation.
Katie McGrath’s Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
Katie McGrath was born on the 3rd of January 1983. She grew up in Ashford, County Wicklow, Ireland. Her father’s name is Paul while her mother’s name is Mary. She has two elder brothers named Sean (online media manager) and Rory (who is into post-production). Given that the actress is the only girl in her family as well as the last-born, it is not surprising that she has always been treasured and adored by her family.
Katie McGrath completed the equivalent of a high school education at St. Andrews College in Dublin. After that, she studied Russian History at Trinity College, also in Dublin. Unlike some other actors who knew that they wanted to act from a young age, Katie McGrath did not grow up wanting to act. In fact, she grew up not knowing which career path to take. As such, while in college, she tried out several jobs including working as a tattoo artist, makeup artist, barmaid, and salesperson. However, none of these jobs felt fulfilling enough.
Upon graduating from college, she went to work for a fashion mag, Image Magazine. She, however, found the work uninspiring and quit after some months.
Things turned around for the actress when her mom’s friend helped her land the job of a wardrobe assistant on the set of the sensual historical drama, Tudors. In the course of her work, there was a shortage of actresses to do a sort of photoshoot. McGrath was asked to fill in and she proved a natural in front of the camera. She was subsequently offered a small role in the series. This was in the year 2007 and it marked the formal launch of her acting career.
From these humble beginnings, Katie McGrath has gone on to accumulate an impressive portfolio consisting of several movies and TV series. On the big screen, she has appeared in movies such as W.E. (A king Edward VIII biopic directed by Madonna), A Princess for Christmas (2011), Jurassic World (2015), and King Arthur: Legend of The Sword (2017). On the small screen, she has featured in series such as Supergirl, Slasher, Frontier, Dates, Labyrinth, and Dracula.
Her most memorable role till date was the witch/villain, Lady Morgana, in the hit series, Merlin. The series, which is loosely based on the legend of Arthur and Merlin, ran from 2008 to 2012. It was so popular that it was broadcasted in at least 180 countries.
Boyfriend/Husband, Is She Married or Dating?
Katie McGrath is said to be in a relationship with her Merlin co-star, Colin Morgan. Colin Morgan is equally Irish and played the titular role of the young lovable wizard, Merlin. McGrath and Morgan reportedly started dating in 2010 after meeting on the set of Merlin. It must be stressed that neither of them has publicly confirmed this relationship. However, their rabid fan base point to pictures and videos of them together as evidence of their relationship.
With regard to marriage, the actress is not married and has never been. But she has expressed in an interview that she would one day love to have a house in the country with dogs, chickens, and kids.
Is Katie McGrath Gay/Lesbian?
There have been a few rumours that McGrath is gay. These rumours may have been due to some of the gay roles she has played. One of such is in the horror/thriller series, Dracula. In it, she played the role of a rich society girl who has feelings for her female best friend. The role also required her to kiss another actress onscreen. Despite this, we can authoritatively state that McGrath is not gay/lesbian. She has never been romantically linked with a woman in real life.
Height – How Tall Is She?
Katie McGrath bears a striking resemblance to the popular English actress, Kiera Knightley and boasts of a svelte figure. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall (1.68 m) and weighs 134 lb (61 kg). Additionally, she has luxuriant dark brown hair and a pair of captivating green eyes.
Due to her ageless looks, many fans have jokingly argued that she is a real-life vampire. McGrath is not offended by such talks. Rather, she fuels them by hiding her birthdate and getting her family and friends not to reveal it.